Paratransit Emergency Preparedness and Operations Handbook

Paratransit operators face special challenges in responding to natural disasters and other emergencies. Not only do these systems transport a particularly vulnerable population, most systems are operated by contract providers so that drivers are not employees of the transit agency and are not under direct control of the transit agency. Response issues to emergencies can be divided according to whether the emergency is one that can be predicted (such as hurricanes) and ones that occur suddenly with no warning (earthquakes, major electrical blackouts, terrorism). In the case of emergencies that can be predicted, paratransit systems may be called upon to assist in evacuation or to bring people with disabilities to shelters. TRB Special Report 294: The Role of Transit in Emergency Evacuation, released in July 2008, generally found that transit (defined to include bus, rail, and paratransit) is not sufficiently integrated into emergency response planning.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project A-37

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Start Date: 20100810
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25244

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461681
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project A-37
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:50PM